You may want to consider security issues related to the purchase and/or support of apps. Security experts in the agencies are finding creative ways to basically eliminate vendor provided apps from being accessed on government provided mobile devices without agency approvals. We have backed off even trying to get any apps approved because the process at FDA is so onerous.
Just my $0.02.
Office of Operations
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Subject: [FEDLIB] Collection Development Policy Question
We've had some requests for applications with a per account / per seat cost.
They're not big money, but I feel like I should be purchasing enterprise
wide, or number of concurrent users. Do you have a policy on this?
I'm revising my collection development policy, and have the following
SMARTPHONE / TABLET APPLICATIONS (APPS)
Based on recommendations from Subject Matter Experts (including librarians)
Renewals based on usage (cost is a factor)
We will support / promote the App version of content we purchase in other
Content based on recommendations from Subject Matter Experts (including
We will purchase institution-wide access.
If an App or database is requested by a specific department, is priced by
individual accounts, and the library does not administer the accounts, it is
more appropriate for the specific department to fund / purchase / administer
that app. The library could include the App on their specialty portal, but
would refer any questions to a POC within the department.
Does this seem reasonable? I wanted a sanity check from the outside world!
(Oh, and apologies for cross-posting.)
Ann M Holman, MLS
Director, Darnall Medical Library
Bldg 1 Rm 3458
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
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